Matthew 28:16-20 – “Go Therefore and Make Disciples”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, April 24th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

INTRO

  • For us… Resurrection Sunday was last week…now what?
  • Matthew opens with the birth… then the resurrection, but that is not the end
  • Jesus has been preparing the disciples all through the Gospels for this very moment.
    • He lived
    • He died
    • He rose again
    • He gives the GREAT COMMISSION

His Invitation vv. 16-17

  • Go to Galilee… and you will see me. v. 10
  • The risen Savior is giving His parting words to His disciples
  • It has been 40 days since His resurrection
  • Some worshiped (Understood exactly who He was)
  • Some doubted (believed but a little hesitant)

His Authority – v. 18

  • All authority
  • From humiliation to exaltation Phil 2:1-11
  • In the Gospels he healed, raised the dead, walked on water…. This was just a glimpse of who He is.

His Mandate – vv. 19-20a

Make Disciples (the imperative)

  • A saved person learning to live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  • Notice what the imperative is not
    • Not preaching
    • Not making converts
    • Not getting decisions
  • Matt 4:19 – Fisher of men
  • Matt 28:19 – Discipler of all men (all nations)
  • Consider the “callings”… to preach, teach or evangelize
  • Yet, we are all called to make disciples.

How is disciple making accomplished?

By Going – v. 19

  • Going, As you are going
  • AS YOU ARE GOING – FOLLOWING JESUS

By Baptizing – v.19

  • Identifying with Christ and His Church
  • Picture of the changed life… from old to new
  • A physical and public statement of one’s faith
  • Scripture gives no indication there such thing as an unbaptized believer
  • Notice, it is after one professes their faith in Christ

By Teaching – v. 19

  • To observe
    • Belief, Trust, Action =Obedience
  • All I have commanded you
    • The words of Christ (the Word of God)
    • The words of the Apostles (The Word of God)
    • The Bible (The Word of God)

His Presence – v. 20b

  • I am with you always
  • Matt. 1:23 – Immanuel – GOD WITH US
  • The power of the mission
    • WE ARE NEVER ALONE
    • IT IS NOT OUR MESSAGE OR MISSION
    • WE SERVE HIM
    • WE ARE HIS AMBASSADOR

CONCLUSION

We have the mission

  • We have the power – All authority
  • We have the location – All the nations
  • We have the message – All the Words
  • We have the duration – All our days (end of the age)